keypunch

[ kee-puhnch ]
/ ˈkiˌpʌntʃ /

noun

Also key punch. Also called card punch. a machine, operated by a keyboard, for coding information by punching holes in cards or paper tape in specified patterns.

verb (used with object)

to punch holes in (a punch card or paper tape), using a keypunch.
to insert (data) into a computer by means of a keypunch: to keypunch code numbers.

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Origin of keypunch

First recorded in 1930–35; key1 + punch1

OTHER WORDS FROM keypunch

key·punch·er, noun
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